I Am Potential: Eight Lessons on Living, Loving, and Reaching Your Dreams - eBook
I Am Potential: Eight Lessons on Living, Loving, and Reaching Your Dreams - eBook  -     By: Patrick John, Patrick Henry Hughes
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Patrick Henry Hughes was born with a rare genetic disorder that left him without eyes and physically disabled. But he was also blessed with exceptional musical talent-able to play the piano as a toddler and now, at age 19, a nationally known pianist, singer, and trumpeter who has performed at the Grand Ole Opry and the Kennedy Center. In I Am Potential, Hughes recounts the eight critical lessons he has learned that are at the heart of his success.

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Da Capo Lifelong Books
Publication Date: 2009
ISBN: 9780786726684
ISBN-13: 9780786726684

Publisher's Description

Patrick Henry Hughes was born with a rare genetic disorder that left him without eyes and physically disabled. But he was blessed with rare musical talent—able to play the piano as a baby. Today, at age twenty, he is a nationally known pianist, singer, trumpeter, and marching-band member. With determined optimism, Hughes made “I am potential” his mantra, defying his disabilities at every turn.

In I Am Potential, Hughes and his father share their extraordinary journey and describe the eight critical lessons at the heart of their success. Simply and candidly written, I Am Potential is an inspiration for anyone facing their own challenges.

Author Bio

Patrick Henry Hughes, a student at the University of Louisville, won Disney's Wide World of Sports Spirit Award. He and his father, Patrick John Hughes, live in Louisville, Kentucky.

Publisher's Weekly

Born with a complex of birth defects which led to malformed limbs, no eyes and more than a half-dozen surgeries in his first few years alone, wheelchair-bound University of Louisville student Hughes details a life overcoming enormous obstacles with hard work, devoted parents and a lifelong passion for music (he's even a Marching Cardinal, with the help of his father). Much of Hughes's story is also his dad's, and the straightforward narrative switches off between them, giving some dimension to otherwise flat prose (not necessarily a bad thing, as the remarkable story needs little adornment). Hughes's countless setbacks give stark life to perhaps-familiar lessons on acceptance and perseverance (chapter one: “When Life Gives You Lemons, Accept Them and Be Grateful”), but his spirit and triumphs also lead to lessons in pursuing your passion, giving love freely, and appreciating the people around your. For fans of television's Extreme Makeover Home Edition and the Grand Ole Opry, there's a behind-the-scenes chapter for each. A gentle evangelical streak comes out in occasional references to God, but the book is probably at its most parochial in the chapter, “Be the You Your Mother Would be Proud Of.” Hughes's knowing but uplifting tone balances out the tragedies, making this an inspiring addition to the growing self-help-memoir shelf. (Nov.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Editorial Reviews

Blogcritics.org, 8/27/09
"[A] heroic story."

Blogcritics.org, 8/17/09
"This book is a must read for people with handicapping conditions from birth or from fate. Patrick’s courage and the support given by mother, father, and brothers as he grew older, cannot help but inspire even the most depressed individual to accept a disabling condition and move forward. I Am Potential is fascinating to read…I cannot recommend this book highly enough to the general public who often see people with a handicap as a handicapped person. Patrick has proven the two terms are not equal or even logical."

Acadiana LifeStyle LA, October 2009
"This story of parental love and a persevering child should lift your spirits and encourage you to discover and pursue your own potential."

Midwest Book Review, December 2009
"Both a memoir of achievement and an inspirational account perfect for any general library strong in positive 'can-do' guides."

Alaska Journal of Commerce, 12/13/09
"Any businessperson who needs motivation needs I Am Potential…Not only is this a book that puts things into perspective, but it’s also a darn good story."

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